My parents got Chapa five years before we were born from my grandparents when they realized they weren't able to take care of a dog. Chapa died 17 years later, still a part of the family.
Missy's been my grandparents cat for about 15-16 years and they loved her dearly. We took her in back in August when my grandmother was going through a string of hospitals and rehabs and Missy's usual temporary caretaker wasn't up to it. So when my grandmother died at the end of November, well there wasn't really much of a question of where Miss would go.
So yeah, how'd your furry friends end up part of your family?
ETA: Even if I don't respond to you individually, ya'll are amazing and have the cutest animals.